Setting the gauge

I am having trouble figuring out how to change the needle size of the pattern…It says to use a size 7 needle and the gauge is 5 stitches per inch, but I want to use smaller needles, size 5 or 4…how do I figure out how many stitches to cast on etc?

You’ll have to knit a gauge swatch. Are you using the same weight yarn!

What’s the main reason you’re trying to use a 5 or 4 needle to get that gauge?

Well, I don’t know where you went…I asked my particular question (Post #3 just above)
[U]because[/U] I’m currently knitting a cardigan that I had to jigger the numbers of my cast on! To get the required gauge I had to a US5 but it created a terribly crowded stitch appearance. The pattern called for dk, my yarn is dk…but IMO [I]it thinks it’s worsted![/I]

Anyway, a US7 gave a beautiful stitch appearance…but the gauge is off 5/8" over every 24 stitches.

I had to cast on for the 4th size to get the 7th size. Yup. That’s casting on for a size 37…to get a size 46.

Anyway, it’s been fun…:wall:

I’m almost done with the Back…and [B]Plan B[/B] is working out so far!

As Jan said…first step is knitting a swatch. You can’t redo your numbers unless you have the information that a 4" x 4" swatch provides.